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Kids’ Connection, Youth Connection, and Kids’ Connection, Too (collectively known as the CBSG® Program ) are unique, interactive, multi-cultural curriculum-based prevention interventions that teach high-risk children and youth ages 4-17 a set of essential life skills: skills to help them learn how to cope with difficult family situations (which include Adverse Childhood Experiences), resist negative peer pressure, set and achieve goals, and refuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

This training is designed to fully prepare schools, community-based organizations, churches, juvenile justice divisions, volunteers, and other youth service professionals to fully implement the CBSG Program with fidelity. 

Those completing this training will receive their choice one of the CBSG Program Facilitator manuals:
  • Kids’ Connection for ages 4-12 in Schools and Communities
  • Youth Connection for ages 10-17 in Schools and Communities
  • Kids’ Connection, Too for Ages 4-15 in Homeless & Domestic Violence Shelters, Group Homes & Other Transitional Living Environments

Please contact us at info@RainbowDaysTraining.org for more information!
Kids' Connection, Too is Half Price
Does your facilitating need a little sprucing up? Are you looking for new activities to add to your Facilitator toolbox? Does your program have budget money needing to be spent? With over 100 stand-alone Activity Guided Discussions, Kids’ Connection, Too needs to be added to your repertoire. For trained CBSG® Program Facilitator’s this adaptation will seamlessly enhance your programming. This is the BEST summer deal around. Don’t miss out!

Now through August 31, 2021 you can purchase the Kids' Connection, Too curriculum for only $75. That's half off the regular price of $150.

Please contact us at info@RainbowDaysTraining.org for more information!
A Word from Our Training Director
I'm So Glad We've Had This Time Together
Some of you may remember the sign-off song from The Carol Burnett Show. Here are the opening lyrics:

I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say, ‘so long.’

And she always ended with a tug of her left ear, which was a message to her grandmother that she was doing well and loved her.

Like many of your programs, August finds Rainbow Days' fiscal year 2021 coming to an end. Rainbow Days’ Training division has successfully navigated the changing tides of virtual workshops by hosting 17 new and unique topics to nearly 300 folks since May. Our 15 speakers joined us from 4 states including both new and returning favorites. We also connected with hundreds of "caring adults" from multiple states through the Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program Facilitator Training.  As we look to the future, we are assessing how to best meet the professional development needs of you, our faithful, dedicated partners.  While our focus remains on our core program, the CBSG Program Facilitator Training, we will continue to respond to requests for the over 40 workshop offerings described on our website as we assess the scope of the virtual workshop series we have been offering.
Change causes me to have very mixed feelings. Suffice it to say, I am a feeler Actually, I am a FEELER! Those who know me know I don’t hide my emotions well and I’m unable to lie. As I’ve seen it written, “If my mouth doesn’t say it, my face definitely will!” I’ve gotten better during my years of training. Trainings are not about me; they are about the content. My personal opinions and feelings don’t often carry weight, so I’ve tempered them. If someone wants my opinion, I’m happy to share it, but training is not a platform for me to get my message across. Our prevention field is based on research and literature which has been my job to share.

Recently I developed and presented a virtual workshop titled, “Laughing Through the Tears.

As a feeler, I’ve struggled through and with emotions all my life. I was born this way, but I wasn’t born into a family that cherished me as I was created. I remember having to look up the word, pensive (adj. – deeply or seriously thoughtful) when my dad “anointed” me as such at a young age. It may also be the reason I found my way to theater and music as it has been a venue to express feelings through theatrical characters, I was too afraid to share in “real life.” It wasn’t until I was 35 and on staff at Rainbow Days when I began facilitating the CBSG Program with children, youth, and parents I learned all my feelings were okay, it was what I did with them that mattered. It’s difficult to come to grips with all your feelings and express them in healthy ways in your 30’s. In the 23+ years hence, I’m doing better. I’m not perfect. I won’t ever be. It’s about progress not perfection, right? Each day I become truer and truer to who I was created to be. I believe my job on this earth is to meet people where they are by bringing my most authentic, genuine self to all I do. Sometimes this vulnerability means putting myself in a position of being ridiculed, disrespected, teased, and found lacking. It has also put me in a position of being appreciated, understood, valued, and found admirable. As I’ve come to understand, it’s vulnerability which leads to connection and connection to relationship. And it is in these vulnerable, connecting relationships we can flourish and thrive.

Why did I develop a workshop on laughter and crying? They intrigued me. I do them easily. They connect me to others. Crying and laughter are just two ways your bodies respond to your feelings. It’s important to learn to sit with our feelings. To be “with” them and own them. In this article, you can find some mental health tips for success Owning Your Feelings | Mental Health America (mhanational.org). Give yourself time to contemplate not only where you feel your feelings in your body (stomach, neck, etc.), but how your body reacts to the feelings (knots in your stomach, tears, etc.) Diving deeper into your feelings is a process, a journey. It takes time to learn not to stuff them, or busy yourself so you won’t feel them, or ignore them, or self-medicate them. Once you identify your feelings, handle them with care.

Whether you are new to the idea of the benefits of crying or laughter or not, it’s amazing how advantageous they can be! If you missed the workshop and want to learn more, read through these articles: 7 Surprising Benefits Of Crying That You Did Not Know (calmsage.com), 10+ Scientifically Proven Ways Laughter Can Relieve Stress | University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (usa.edu).

When I first had the idea of developing a workshop around laughter and crying, I had no idea it would coincide with my departure from Rainbow Days. I have decided to end my tenure at Rainbow Days on September 30, 2021. I don’t know what doors will open or what windows will close as I actively pursue my next work environment, but I know God has a plan and purpose for my life which He is working out every day.

Rainbow Days will continue to offer CBSG trainings through TPT, on a contract basis, and through Rainbow Days’ sponsored trainings. We will begin offering a 3 hour CBSG Facilitator Refresher Training  (be on the lookout for a survey seeking your input on content). Rainbow Days remains committed to providing the highest quality of professional development opportunities possible for our constituents. We welcome your input and suggestions: Tiffany Beaudine, CEO, (tiffanyb@rainbowdays.org); Wendi McMullen (wendim@rainbowdays.org); Cathey Brown (catheyb@rainbowdaystraining.org).  

Considering all we’ve discussed, I can’t promise there won’t be tears, but I can promise there will be laughter during my remaining days. I’m not going to say goodbye … I’d rather tug on my left ear to let you know I’m doing well, love you, and cherish the memories.

I’m so glad we’ve had this time together, to grow, laugh, cry, and even sing a few songs. The journey we’ve shared seems to have started just yesterday, but now it’s time to say, ‘so long.’

If you’d like to keep in touch, my personal email address is kathydaley2133@yahoo.com.

Thank you for filling my heart to the brim,
Kathy Daley
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